Volleyball bonanza

Derek Montague
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First-ever Lake Melville Volleyball Championships held at LMS

They’re used to playing as teammates, but during the tournament, the two boys teams from Mealy Mountain Collegiate had to go head-to-head.

Lake Melville School in North West River was abuzz with bumps, spikes and jumps as they hosted the first-ever Lake Melville Volleyball Championships.

Considering it took three days to playout — held Dec. 13-15 — organizers say it was a huge success, pretty much guaranteeing it will be an annual event in the years to come.

The event was split into two parts.

The first part of the weekend featured six high school girls’ teams (two each from LMS, Sheshatshiu Innu School and Mealy Mountain Collegiate) and five high school boys’ teams (one from LMS, two from SIS, and two from MMC).

MMC Team 1 — who defeated Sheshatshiu Innu School Team 1 in two straight sets during the finals — won the high school boys’ title.

But Sheshatshiu would not go home empty handed. In the high school girls final, SIS team 1 defeated rivals LMS Team1 in a three-set final, to take the female championship.

Mickey Obed from LMS and Nykesha Gregoire from SIS were named most sportsmanlike players from the high school tournament.  Brad Robinson from MMC and Zoe Michelin from LMS took home the MVP awards.

Once the high school tournament wrapped up Saturday afternoon, men and women of all ages participated in a nine-team coed tournament. Team Elena Andrew defeated Team Collin Baikie in a two set final, which took place on Sunday, Dec.15.

Overall, 52 games were played over the weekend, with a large turnout of participants and spectators. More than $1,000 was raised — mostly through canteen sales — which will go to Lake Melville School’s fund for extracurricular activities.

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